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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

Overdrive: Cars, Transport and Culture David Brown

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An informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas. Featuring motoring & transport news, road tests, feature interviews & quirky stories.

Overdrive is not just for 'rev heads' but covers subjects in a manner that reflects on our everyday transport experiences as well as our dreams and aspirations for more exotic transport.

Presented by motoring broadcaster David Brown with regular contributors Errol Smith, David Campbell, Brian Smith and Paul Murrell.

Overdrive can also be heard across Australia on the community radio network, via podcast on iTunes or via the website at drivenmedia.com.au

    Rauno Aaltonen - The full interview on life, rallying, racing, and driver training

    Rauno Aaltonen - The full interview on life, rallying, racing, and driver training

    Finland’s celebrated motor sport driver, Rauno Aaltonen, won many events and along with local Australia hero Bob Holden, in 1966 finished first in our famous touring car race at Bathurst’s Mt Panorama, in a tiny Mini Cooper S.
    I recorded a chat with him for the “Overdrive – Cars, Transport and Culture” radio and podcast program – we chatted for over an hour. I have put a serioes of shorter highlights on my website at http://drivenmedia.com.au/wp/rauno-aaltonen-the-full-interview-on-life-rallying-racing-and-driver-training/

    The range of subjects include:
    • Using Bob Holden’s efforts and soft tyres to win Bathurst in 1966
    • Learning a circuit and rally versus race driving
    • Early experience in Boats & motorcycles helped touch bumper bars on Conrod straight
    • He invented left foot braking – he tells the benefits and changing style on the track
    • To win Bathurst Bob Holden was an equal partner - they thought alike
    • Facing adversity and driver training – it’s all about the right attitude
    • Racing and rallying partnerships – got help from a professor of communications!
    • The driving skills he used to deal with young people throwing rocks at the vehicle
    • He led briefly near the end but why he didn’t win the London to Sydney Marathon
    This is the full interview but selected highlight segments can be found on the web site drivenmedia.com.au.
    Rauno is now 83 years old, still has an international racing licence and remains thoughtful and crystal clear about the right approach to racing and to life.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Trends in Motoring: Launches, Teasers; Computer Games; Mobility; Supply chains: Plus farewell my MX5

    Trends in Motoring: Launches, Teasers; Computer Games; Mobility; Supply chains: Plus farewell my MX5

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that take an expansive look at the world of cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News
    1. Hispano-Suiza - goes racing (1:38)
    2. Maserati awarded world’s best event in 2020 (2:47)
    3. Mitsubishi Motors provides first teaser of the all-new Outlander (3:54)
    4. Introducing the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV: the ultimate all-electric gaming endurance racer (4:57)
    5. Hyundai Motor Updates ‘Strategy 2025’ to Accelerate Transition into Smart Mobility Solution Provider (5:59)

    Interview
    We hear a personal car story from our traffic engineering expert Alan Finlay; after 21 years of a convertible sport car ownership he has now moved on. (7:12)

    Vale – John Jamieson
    A reflection on the passing of a road safety expert who’s values and commitment were an example to us all (15:28)

    Interview

    And we posted, on Facebook, a photo and brief story on a classic vehicle. We review some of the considerable comments that flooded in. (18:43)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
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    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 19 December 2020

    • 30 min
    Make Buses Sexy; Solar car for commuting; Second-hand car sales; Green number plates and Bentleys

    Make Buses Sexy; Solar car for commuting; Second-hand car sales; Green number plates and Bentleys

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that canvases issues related to cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News
    1. Gum tree and second-hand vehicles (1:39)
    2. Triton (2:30)
    3. This breakthrough electric vehicle never needs to be plugged in (3:29)
    4. Green numberplates launched, research predicts a boost in EV sales (4:29)
    5. Bentley’s first EV kicks off the brand’s bold reinvention (5:31)

    Interview
    • We talk a lot about new car sales but how is the market for second-hand cars going. We talk to David Lowe from Gumtree Cars (6:35)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi S4 (12:31)

    Interview
    • One of Overdrive's desired transport Policies is to “Make Buses Sexy”. Brian Smith is doing a big project in Canberra to achieve just that. He tells us why it is a rewarding but tough task. (13:42)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi SQ5 (21:52)

    Quirky News
    • And we continue with Brian Smith in a lighter chat on a report that tries to understand why children like to look at garbage trucks. (23:00)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
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    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
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    Our Facebook page OverdriveCity https://www.facebook.com/OverdriveCityDrivenMedia/?modal=admin_todo_tour
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    Our YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKyx5sv6cgF4URRmNq2JiXg/videos

    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 12 December 2020

    • 30 min
    Latest Dashcam; Mitsubishi PHEV; Kia Sorento; Hino Hybrid; Cornering at 400km/hr 2 feet on the pedal

    Latest Dashcam; Mitsubishi PHEV; Kia Sorento; Hino Hybrid; Cornering at 400km/hr 2 feet on the pedal

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that contemplates issues related to cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News
    • Mitsubishi PHEV (1:34)
    • Kia Sorento (2:31)
    • Hino Hybrid (3:28)
    • Car Sales for November 2020 (4:28)
    • New roadwork vehicle cuts noise and dust (5:35)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi A5 (6:44)

    Interview
    • Alan Zurvas gives us the rundown on the latest dashcam (7:55)

    Motoring Minute
    • Audi Q7 (17:26)

    Interview
    • We continue our series with motoring journalist and author John Smailes on his latest book Speed Kings Austria and New Zealand’s quest to win the Indy 500. This week Geoff Brabham’s unusual style to make sure he takes the first corner flat out at over 400 km/hr. (18:36)


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    Originally broadcast 5 December 2020

    • 30 min
    Speed Kings at Indy 500; Rally driving precision; sanitizing vehicles; Bosch split motor bike screen

    Speed Kings at Indy 500; Rally driving precision; sanitizing vehicles; Bosch split motor bike screen

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive, a program that luxuriates in the realm of cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News
    1. New solutions for sanitizing autonomous vehicles (1:39)
    2. NZ police select Skoda to supply new cop cars as Holden rolls into sunset (2:41)
    3. Elon Musk says Tesla is working on a battery at drives more than 600 miles — and hints at a new compact car for Europe (3:43)
    4. Volvo Cars mixes virtual with real-world testing (4:40)
    5. Bosch debuts first motorcycle split-screen display (5:41)

    Interview
    • We begin the first of a series of chats with motoring journalist and author John Smailes on his latest book Speed Kings Austria and New Zealand’s quest to win the Indy 500. This week about the Australian who was there at the beginning in 1911. (6:43)

    Feedback

    • Dean Oliver reminisces about seeing just how great an international rally driver was. (17:14)

    Quirky News

    Brian Smith and I talk about creating a brand image for a car (23:55)

    You can find more information at Driven Media or previous programs are available as podcasts on
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    iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/overdrive-cars-transport-and-culture/id1001084679
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    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 28th November 2020

    • 29 min
    Toyota Mirai in Aust (sort of); Is North Connex worth it? Fair contracts for truckies; Mini Urbanaut

    Toyota Mirai in Aust (sort of); Is North Connex worth it? Fair contracts for truckies; Mini Urbanaut

    Hello and welcome to Overdrive a program that considers all aspects of cars and transport.

    I’m David Brown
    News
    1. Next-generation Toyota Mirai confirmed for Australia (1:40)
    2. NSW looks to tax electric cars (2:45)
    3. Mini creates the Urbanaut (3:41)
    4. New contract rules to reduce stress on truck drivers (4:41)
    5. Voi e-scooters to include pedestrian detection and satellite positioning (5:43)

    Interview
    • We talk to Howard Collins the Director of Operations for Transport for NSW after the opening of the latest major tunnel in Sydney. (6:53)

    Interview
    An interview with Richard Calver from the National Road Transport Association about governments strengthening protections for consumers and small business from unfair contract terms. He tells us why it is so necessary and why it doesn’t go far enough. (21:07)


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    So, let’s start with the news
    Originally broadcast 21th November 2020

    • 30 min

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